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In your opinion, and I mean it, what is a Guitar God, or Hero?
What kind of features a guitarist has makes you in awe when you hear their solos or just their strumming?
Everyone probably has a different opinion on this.

For Example, I believe that the best guitarists make every single note count and powerful in their solos or just simply playing.
That would be Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, and even Ritchie Blackmore who isn't that savy but his riffs were so powerful and memorable we never forgot a song by Deep Purple.
Even Smoke on the Water is a great song, everytime he fingerpicks the strings you feel that force that he makes.

As opposed to that, I'm not really impressed by the so-called American "Virtuosos", who tend to be Italian American a lot of the times.
They include Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Petrucci, and Paul Gilbert.
Fast wrists don't impress me at all, probably explains why I'm not such a die-hard metal fan.
#3
a pact with the devil makes a guitar god, duh.
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#4
Jimmy Page is god. I think a good way to measure guitar godness quantitatively is by counting the number of times I say "Ooo yeah" during a live version of a song.
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#5
If they're able to create a melody that touches my heart I can concider them as a "Guitar hero"
#6
Guitar + Immortality + Superpowers = Guitar God
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#7
There riffs/solos give you that tingly feeling
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#8
What makes a Guitar God?

Eric Clapton's mother.
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#10
You'll find it's melody and good song writing that makes the real legends.

Thats why J.Beck and Buckethead are talked about so often, but they never get near legend lists because they each have around five songs that people remember.

True.
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If they're able to create a melody that touches my heart I can concider them as a "Guitar hero"

exactly.

now days, all people care about is uber fast solos that are 9 out of 10 times, not melodic.

what the hell happened to melody... seriously. solos lately have been horrible. i havent heard a good, original, melodic sounding solo is a while. ive thought about this alot. To me, a good solo is melodic. Thats it. Doesnt matter how fast, what key, or length in my opinion. As long as you can make a good sounding solo thats somewhat original, then you have true talent.
#12
By their originality, and being able to simply hear a solo or riff on the radio and be like "Oh yea, that's definitely ____." Also, they gotta have great stage presence. They gotta walk and look like they play. Slash is the epitome of Guitar God because of his stage presence, attitude, and guitar playing.
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#13
being able to combine speed originality and good songs in a unique blend.


also being dead helps alot
#14
I'm pretty sure that guitar skills are what make a guitar god.
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#16
I chose Joe Satriani to be my personal guitar lord and guitar savior. Idk about you guys.
#18
They have to get their message across to you via the notes they play.

The best example of this is probably David Gilmour.
#19
David Gilmours piss

Drink it, and your a guitar god

Also, anyone with enough skill to make songs that are out of the ordinary, but still can gain some popularity, like Zeppelin, Nirvana, Pink Floyd, etc.
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While I do believe they are somewhat overrated, I think Jimi Hendrix and Eddie Van Halen are guitar gods for the sheer fact that nobody revolutionized guitar playing as much as them.

I forget where I heard it, it may have been on UG but I remember somebody saying, "A good guitarist is someone who can play great songs. A great guitarists is someone who can write great songs." Or some such nonsence.
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#21
If I hear a riff or solo, and I think something like, "Woah, I couldn't have ever written that," then I consider them to be a creative guitarist. If it's nothing special, but makes me feel a certain way, then they are an emotional guitarist.

A guitar god is somebody who takes creativity and fuses it with emotion.

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They have to get their message across to you via the notes they play.

The best example of this is probably David Gilmour.


So true, some how Comfortably Numb's solo squeezes my brain a bit and I love it
#24
When you look forward more to the solo's than than singing. As if the guitar has a voice of its own that exceeds human comprehension!
#25
When I hear a guitar god play, I immediately think "I know for sure that I wouldn't be able to immitate that even if I practice all my life", which is the case of Jimmy Page.

As Josh Homme said "anyone can practice and play like Satriani".
#26
A Guitar God to me...

is...


someone who plays guitar

EDIT: Fine...
A true guitar god to me is when they write memorable riffs and have their solos sink into your brain melting it...
Playing fast or being technical has no meaning to me cause.. well.. there isn't a point in doing that
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#27
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A Guitar God to me...

is...


someone who plays guitar


I play guitar... I guess by your logic that makes me a guitar god
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I play guitar... I guess by your logic that makes me a guitar god


I do to, and the rest of the world who has a guitar should be one...

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I do to, and the rest of the world who has a guitar should be one...

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#30
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When I hear a guitar god play, I immediately think "I know for sure that I wouldn't be able to immitate that even if I practice all my life, and I can feel the emotion of this guitarist through his songs" which is the case of Jimmy Page.

As Josh Homme said "anyone can practice and play like Satriani".

Fix'd. I think "I'll never play this" when I hear Herman Li.
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i like those solos you can sing too, like the ones brian may does in slow songs
so basically if they right catchy riffs and have a good sense of melody and creativity, and are also world famous, i classify them as a guitar god
(i love all the blues players, but i dont understand why all the first white guys to incorporate blues into there playing became "guitar Gods" though in a few of the cases i do agree)
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#32
if your band can record a multy platnum album in 30 hours tthen yes you will probably sooner or latter be recignised as a guitar god
#33
Guitar Playing ability+ omnipotence/omniscience= Guitar God
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Fix'd. I think "I'll never play this" when I hear Herman Li.


Yeah, but does he actually play Through Fire and Flames live like he does on the record?
Nope, he can't.
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When I hear a guitar god play, I immediately think "I know for sure that I wouldn't be able to immitate that even if I practice all my life", which is the case of Jimmy Page.

As Josh Homme said "anyone can practice and play like Satriani".

I like Josh and his music, but I disagree. I understand that the approach Satriani takes doesn't appeal to the majority, but I also think that his compositional skills and ability to create beautiful melodies shows that his talent extends far beyond simply practicing scales and advanced techniques in a corner for 8 hours a day. I don't really listen to him very much anymore at all, but I can never deny his accomplishments.

As far as the topic at hand, it takes many things and I'm too lazy to say what I feel about it right now
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Yeah, but does he actually play Through Fire and Flames live like he does on the record?
Nope, he can't.

Not exactly, but it's pretty damn close when he's sober. Good enough. He also lacks melody in a lot of his parts.
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#37
no matter who you are, if your dead you where one of the greatest ever, even if they weren't actually that great.
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Yeah, but does he actually play Through Fire and Flames live like he does on the record?
Nope, he can't.

i can get 100% on expert, does that make me a guitar hero?
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Yeah, but does he actually play Through Fire and Flames live like he does on the record?
Nope, he can't.



Get off your ****ing high horse.

He only cant play it live when he's drunk. When he's sober he can play the song perfectly fine. I've yet to hear ANYONE make their live songs sound EXACTLY the same as they do on their record.

Closest I've ever heard was Nevermore.


On topic, I think the fans of the guitarist, plus the influence the guitarist has on music in general, is the key to whether or not people will remember him/her.

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